AND THEY’RE OFF…

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Nei­ther the Lib­er­als nor the New Democrats were able to find a can­di­date prior to the drop of the writ.

Kennedy hand­ily took the dis­trict in the Oct. 9, 2007 pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion over Lib­eral Paul Bald­win.

Con­tacted at his home in Car­bon­ear last week, Bald­win saidhe did not plan to run”at this time.”

But there’s a full slate of can­di­dates in the other four dis­tricts — Port de Grave, Har­bour Main, Belle­vue and Trin­ity-Bay de Verde — in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion.

“I’m very pleased to be in­volved,” said 20year-old Sarah Downey of Makin­sons, who is car­ry­ing the NDP ban­ner in Port de Grave.

Downey is one of the young crop of can­di­dates the NDP has at­tracted for this cam­paign. The for­mer pageant win­ner and stu­dent ac­tivist is a very vo­cal mem­ber of the LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der) com­mu­nity.

“I’m try­ing to re­duce voter ap­a­thy in our dis­trict,” she stated.

Port de Grave

Glenn Lit­tle­john is back for his sec­ond try at tak­ing the Lib­eral fortress in Port de Grave for the Tories. Lit­tle­john came close to un­seat­ing pop­u­lar MHA Roland But­ler dur­ing the last trip to the polls.

But Port de Grave was one of only three dis­tricts to not get swept up in the wave of Tory blue and the pop­u­lar­ity of then pre­mier Danny Wil­liams in the 2007 elec­tion.

But­ler has re­tired from pol­i­tics and this time around Lit­tle­john is fac­ing new­comer Leanne Hussey. While this is her first run for a seat, Hussey is no stranger to pol­i­tics, hav­ing been ac­tively in­volved with the Lib­eral Party for more than a decade.

Har­bour Main

De­spite ear­lier ru­mours he may be re­tir­ing from pol­i­tics, vet­eran Tory MHA and cab­i­net min­is­ter Tom Hed­der­son has his elec­tion ve­hi­cle gassed up and is ready to hit the high­way to be­gin his fourth trip down the cam­paign high­way to­wards polling day.

He’s be­ing chal­lenged by long-time Avon­dale town coun­cil­lor Bern Hickey, who served no­tice last week that he won’t be si­lenced. Hickey has been an out­spo­ken critic of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

“ This is one of the most ne­glected ar­eas of the prov­ince,” stated Hickey, who is run­ning for the Lib­er­als.

St. John’s busi­ness­man Michael Ma­her, orig­i­nally from Fresh­wa­ter, Pla­cen­tia Bay, will carry the NDP colours. Ma­her has never lived in the dis­trict.

Trin­ity-Bay-de-Verde

Trin­ity Bay-Bay-de-Verde in­cum­bent PC Char­lene John­son is back for her third trip to the polls. First elected to the House of Assem­bly in 2003, John­son be­came the youngest woman ever elected to the House. She served as Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources be­fore be­ing ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Child Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices.

Barry Snow is mak­ing his first foray into elected pol­i­tics as the Lib­eral can­di­date for Trin­ity-Bay de Verde. A self-em­ployed in­ter­na­tional busi­ness con­sul­tant, Snow has served as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ire­land Busi­ness Part­ner­ship.

The NDP is be­ing rep­re­sented by Sheina Ler­man, whose NDP roots run back to the early 1970s, when she first joined the party in On­tario. Ler­man moved to this prov­ince in 2000, and con­sid­ers her­self a “New­found­lan­der and Labrado­rian by choice.”

Belle­vue

In neigh­bour­ing Belle­vue, which in­cludes part of the Trin­ity South Shore from New Har­bour to Whit­bourne, in­cum­bent MHA Calvin Peach is back for his sec­ond run for that dis­trict. Peach was first elected MHA on Oct. 9, 2007.

Writer, com­men­ta­tor and small busi­ness owner Pam Pardy-Gent is the Lib­eral can­di­date, while Gabe Ryan, a teacher at Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town, is run­ning for the New Demo­cratic Party. This is Ryan’s first try at pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics, but he has been ac­tively in­volved at the ex­ec­u­tive level with the New­found­land and Labrador Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The gov­ern­ing Tories have can­di­dates in place in all 48 pro­vin­cial dis­tricts, while the NDP was ex­pected to have 43 in place by Sun­day. The Lib­er­als had 34 as of late last week.

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